Good ol'Dallas. I used to live pretty close to this city, and to be honest never really fell in love with it like I saw other people do. Though this time I had a friend who was very familiar with the city show me the ropes and I loved it! It is true that you can't judge a book by it's cover, and I suppose this is true for every city. I think about this in regards to my home, Boston, when I ask people what they did/ where they went when they visited their experience when really was dependent on the area they stayed in, whether they chose the touristy or the independent traveler route. I think all cities have a secret treasure, some are just easier to find then others--especially when everyone looks for different things right off the bat.
Rant over, I just think people are quick to judge and after seeing Dallas after all these years I am totally guilty of that. Live and learn!